Oregon State defeats Montana State 68-28; Nolan launches 4 TDs.

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Oregon State wide receiver Anthony Gould is lifted by offensive lineman Jake Levengood after scoring a touchdown against Montana State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

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Chance Nolan threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns and Oregon State went undefeated with a 68-28 victory over Montana State at Providence Park in Portland on Saturday night.

Anthony Gould caught a pair of touchdown passes and returned a punt for another score for the Beavers, who are 3-0 to open the season for the first time since 2014.

“It was fun,” Gould said. “But it’s even better when you enjoy it with your team. To get a quality team win, it’s fun to be able to go out there and get it.”

Providence Park is normally home to the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer and the Portland Thorns of the National Women’s Soccer League. Oregon State hadn’t played in Portland since 1986.

Montana State is using a two-quarterback system this season, with the transfer of Tommy Mellott and Wyoming Sean Chambers. Mellott threw for 101 yards with three interceptions, while running for 135 yards. Chambers rushed for 35 yards and three touchdowns.

The Bobcats (2-1) — who haven’t beaten an FBS team since 2006, when they beat current Pac-12 member Colorado 19-10 — were coming off a 63-13 victory over Morehead State at Bozeman.

“We wanted to come out here and compete, and we didn’t,” Montana State coach Brent Vigen said.

Deshawn Fenwick gave the Beavers the lead with a 25-yard run down the middle. Montana State responded with Chambers’ 7-yard guard on the Bobcats’ first set of game.

Nolan hit Tre’Shaun Harrison with a 6-yard pass to give the Beavers a 14-7 lead.

Mellott was intercepted on Montana State’s next drive and Oregon State took advantage, scoring on Nolan’s yard keeper. But Marqui Johnson scored for the Bobcats on a 98-yard kickoff return to cut the deficit to 21-14.

Silas Bolden scored for the Beavers on a 24-yard pass from Nolan midway through the second quarter. Nolan added a 9-yard pass to Gould to make it 34-14 before halftime.

Gould returned an 80-yard punt for a touchdown early in the second half.

Chambers had an 8-yard run to close the gap at 40-21, but Damien Martinez ran for a 7-yard score and Gould caught a 17-yard TD pass from Nolan to extend the lead to 54-21 .

Jam Griffin rushed for 23 yards for another Oregon State touchdown early in the fourth quarter, after the Beavers retired several of their starters.

Chambers added a 1-yard goalie for the Bobcats with 7:55 left, but Kanoa Shannon ran for a 3-yard touchdown for the Beavers in the final minutes.

“The multiple quarterback thing isn’t easy, especially when they’re able to really throw it,” Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith said. “And some of the things they were giving us were unique in terms of backfield movement. But we will continue to face good quarterbacks and we have to be ready for that.

TAKE AWAY

Montana State: Freshman running back Jared White suffered a lower leg injury in the game against Morehead State and won’t be available for at least two months. Isaiah Ifanse, who had 1,623 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, also missed Saturday’s game.

Oregon State: Oregon State was without tight end Luke Musgrave and running back Trey Lowe will miss Saturday’s game with unspecified injuries. … The game at Providence Park sold out. … Gary Payton II, who played at Oregon before winning an NBA title last year with the Golden State Warriors, was at the game. Payton signed with the Portland Trail Blazers in the offseason. … Gould’s touchdown on a punt return was Oregon’s first since 2015.

NEXT

Montana St: The Bobcats visit Eastern Washington next Saturday.

Oregon State: The Beavers host the USC Trojans next Saturday night.

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This story was originally published September 18, 2022 12:32 a.m.

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